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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

17. The Night Journey (78 – 100)

78So perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Qurʾan at dawn—dawn recitation is always witnessedb By the angels. See Bukhari, Sahih, ‘Mawaqit’, 16.79and during the night wake up and pray, as an extra offering of your own, so that your Lord may raise you to a [highly] praised status. 80Say, ‘My Lord, make me go in truthfully, and come out truthfully, and grant me supporting authority from You.’ 81And say, ‘The truth has come, and falsehood has passed away: falsehood is bound to pass away.’

82We send down the Qurʾan as healing and mercy to those who believe; as for those who disbelieve, it only increases their loss. 83When We favour man he turns arrogantly to one side, but when harm touches him, he falls into despair. 84Say, ‘Everyone does things their own way, but your Lord is fully aware of who follows the best-guided path.’

85[Prophet], they ask you about the Spirit. Say, ‘The Spirit is part of my Lord's domain. You have only been given a little knowledge.’ 86If We pleased, We could take away what We have revealed to you— then you would find no one to plead for you against Us—87if it were not for your Lord's mercy: His favour to you has been truly great. 88Say, ‘Even if all mankind and jinn came together to produce something like this Qurʾan, they could not produce anything like it, however much they helped each other.’ 89In this Qurʾan, We have set out all kinds of examples for people, yet most of them persist in disbelieving. 90They say, ‘We will not believe for you [Muhammad] until you make a spring gush out of the ground for us;91or until you have a garden of date palms and vines, and make rivers pour through them; 92or make the sky fall on us in pieces, as you claimed will happen; or bring God and the angels before us face to face; 93or have a house made of gold; or ascend into the sky—even then, we will not believe in your ascension until you send a real book down for us to read.’ Say, ‘Glory be to my Lord! Am I anything but a mortal, a messenger?’ 94The only thing that kept these people from believing, when guidance came to them, was that they said, ‘How could God have sent a human being as a messenger?’95Say, ‘If there were angels walking about on earth, feeling at home, We would have sent them an angel from Heaven as a messenger.’ 96Say, ‘God is witness enough between me and you. He knows and observes His servants well.’

97[Prophet], anyone God guides is truly guided, and you will find no protector other than Him for anyone He leaves astray. On the Day of Resurrection We shall gather them, lying on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf. Hell will be their Home. Whenever the Fire goes down, We shall make it blaze more fiercely for them. 98This is what they will get for rejecting Our signs and saying, ‘What? When we are turned to bones and dust, how can we be raised in a new act of creation?’ 99Do they not see that God, who created the heavens and earth, can create the likes of them [anew]? He has ordained a time for them—there is no doubt about that—but the evildoers refuse everything except disbelief. 100 Say, ‘If you possessed the very stores of my Lord's bounty, you would hold them back in your fear of spending: man is ever grudging.’

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b By the angels. See Bukhari, Sahih, ‘Mawaqit’, 16.

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